President of OBA Peter Breger welcomed the virtual audience this morning and introduced the very first Legends of Off Broadway who received their awards ten years ago – Charles Busch and Julie Halston. At the time, they were starring in Divine Sisters. Their individual careers have sky-rocketed since then.



Charles and Julie announced this years Inductee Legends: Gretchen Cryer, Woody King Jr., Eric Krebs and Barbara Zinn Krieger.  The OBA Hall of Fame Awards Inductees listed as below.

Here is a list of the Nominees and the Winners in bold:

Best New Play

Ain’t No Mo
By Jordan E. Cooper
Produced by the Public Theater

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven 
By Stephen Adly Guirgus
Co-production of Atlantic Theater Company and LAByrinth Theater Compan

Life Sucks – WINNER
By Aaron Posner
Produced by Wheelhouse Theater

Make Believe
By Bess Wohl
Produced by Second Stage Theater 

The Confession of Lily Dare 
By Charles Busch
Produced by Primary Stages in Association with Jamie deRoy and Ted Snowden

Best Play Revival

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf
By Ntozake Shange
Produced by The Public Theater

Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Produced by The Public Theater

The Woman in Black  –  WINNER
Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt
From the novel by Susan Hill
Presented by the McKittrick Hotel

Timon of Athens
By William Shakespeare
Produced by Theatre for a New Audience and Shakespeare Theater Company

Best New Musical

A Strange Loop –  WINNER
Book, Music & Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
Produced by Playwrights Horizons and Page 73

Cambodian Rock Band
By Lauren Yee
Songs by Dengue Fever
Produced by Signature Theatre Company

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Keith Harrison and Laura Schein
Produced by Arborhouse Productions and Visceral Entertainment

Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn
Book & Lyrics by Mark Saltzman
Produced by Amas Musical Theatre and Eric Krebs

Sing Street
Book by Enda Walsh, Music & Lyrics by John Carney and Gary Clark
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop

The Secret Life of Bees
Book by Lynn Nottage
Music by Duncan Sheik
Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Produced by the Atlantic Theater Company

Best Musical Revival

Book by Sybille Pearson, Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.
Produced by Out of the Box Theatrics

Enter Laughing
Book by Joseph Stein, Music & Lyrics by Stan Daniels
Produced by The York Theater Company

Little Shop of Horrors
Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Produced by Robert Ahrens, Hunter Arnold, Mickey Liddell, Curt Cronin, John Joseph, and Tom Kirdahy

Rock of Ages
Book by Chris D’Arienzo
Produced by S2BN Entertainment

The Unsinkable Molly Brown –  WINNER
Music and lyrics by Meredith Willson; book and new lyrics by Dick Scanlan, based on the original book by Richard Morris; music adaptation by Michael Rafter
Produced by Transport Group

Best Unique Theatrical Experience

Dana H. –  WINNER
By Lucas Hnath
Produced by Vineyard Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Center Theatre Group

Midsummer: A Banquet
By William Shakespeare; adapted by Zach Morris and Victoria Rae Sook
Produced by Food of Love Productions and Third Rail Projects

Novenas for a Lost Hospital
By Cusi Cram
Produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo
Created and Performed by Katsura Sunshine
Produced by Joe Trentacosta, Yoshitaka Tanaka, Yumi Shinozaki, and Marie Fukuda

Best Solo Performance

Kathleen Chalfant in A Woman of the World
By Rebecca Gilman
Produced by The Acting Company and 59E59 Theaters

Keith Hamilton Cobb in American Moor
By Keith Hamilton Cobb
Produced by Evangeline Morphos, Frederick M. Zollo, Red Bull Theater, Elizabeth I. McCann, and Tom Shea

Harvey Fierstein in Bella Bella
By Harvey Fierstein
Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club

Ken Jennings in Gospel of John
Conceived by Ken Jennings
Produced by The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture

Bill Posley in The Day I Became Black –  WINNER
Created and written by Bill Posley 
Produced by Kristen Boulé

Aedín Moloney in Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom
Adaptation by Aedín Moloney and Colum McCann
Produced by Irish Repertory Theatre

Best Family Show 

Dog Man: The Musical
Music by Brad Alexander
Books and Lyrics by Kevin DelAguila
Based on the series by Dav Pilkey
Produced by TheatreWorks USA

Paddington Gets in a Jam
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller
Written by Doug Kmiotek
Based on the series by Michael Bond
Produced by Rockefeller Productions

She Persisted, The Musical  –  WINNER
Script & Lyrics by Adam Tobin 
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma 
Adapted from the Book by Chelsea Clinton 
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company  

Taste the Clouds 
Created by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.
Based on the book “Taste the Clouds” by Rita Marshall
Produced by New York Children’s Theatre

The Big One-Oh!
Music by Doug Besterman
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the Novel by Dean Pitchford
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company


Legends of Off Broadway

Honoring sustained achievement Off Broadway

Gretchen Cryer, Off-Broadway Playwright, lyricist and actress, co-author of I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road  

Woodie King, Jr., founding director of the New Federal Theatre in New York City and Off Broadway producer and director

Eric Krebs, Off Broadway producer and founder and director of Off-Broadway’s John Houseman Theater Center and Douglas Fairbanks Theater.

Barbara Zinn Krieger, founder of New York City Children’s Theater and Executive Director and founder of Vineyard Theatre.

Off Broadway Hall of Fame Inductees 

A posthumous award that honors a lifetime of extraordinary contributions to Off Broadway

Mark Blum, an actor whose Off Broadway career spanned over five decades and 26 productions, including The Waverly Gallery, The Model Apartment, and Rancho Viejo.  

Wynn Handman, Off Broadway director and teacher, co-founder and Artistic Director of The American Place Theatre.

Julia Miles, trailblazing founder of the Women’s Project Theater (now known as the WP Theater).

Friend of Off Broadway

Award honoring persons or organizations for their steadfast support of the Off Broadway community over many years.

The Drama Bookshop, a bookstore serving the New York theater community by supporting and inspiring generations of theater artists for over 100 years.